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1997 Toyota Avalon Sedan

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Toyota Avalon Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 200 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/28 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Toyota Avalon

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Toyota reliability, powerful V-6 engine, fit and finish

  • Cons

    Snoozeville, but still more enticing than, say, a Buick LeSabre

  • What's New for 1997

    More power, more torque and added standard features make the Avalon one of the most appealing full-size sedans

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Great daily driver

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan

No it's not the prettiest car, nor the funnest to drive, but this Avalon now has 210,000 mi. of hard city/highway miles on it and has never seen a tow truck. I've replaced tires, brakes, belts and oil. The car has the original everything else, including the battery, spark plugs and even the muffler.




Over 200k

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan

I bought this car with 30K miles and now have 220K on it. I also had a steering column leak on this car and my '98 Sienna... dealers wanted to replace column I used a steering fluid with a sealer and never had a problem since. Interior noise is a problem and plastic interior trim pieces coming loose... but those are mostly cosmetic. I will give this car to my son for college and keep for a few more years.



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Not so reliable

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan

Owned since new. Many disappointing problems. Very expensive considering the number of amenities. 60k - transmssion leaks. <100k, all steering components had to be replaced. Power steering pump had to be replaced twice. Tire wear is a huge problem! This car wears out tires in 20k miles, even top rated tires.




Great car

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan

This is as nice a car as I ever need to own. The interior is roomy for its size. The ride is very comfortable, though it does not have a European road feel. The engine and transmission are very smooth and quiet. The interior is also quiet. I almost never requires repairs, mostly just routine maintenance.




Excellent value!

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan

Just purchased for my college daughter - 150K miles - $4,250. Such a solid car. Very quiet, extra roomy, powerful V-6. As others have noted, it has suspension issues, sounds like a bucket of bolts on rough roads. Going in for suspension overhaul next week, should be set for another 100,000 miles. Little to no rust. Love the car! My wife and I own an '02 Avalon, so I was very happy to find a family-owned used one for my kid.




Original owner

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota Avalon XLS 4dr Sedan

Few mechanical problems until recently. Within last year replaced rear wheel bearings, engine gasket, & alternator. Marginal paint job as it started peeling from around rear view mirrors at <80K miles. Strut noise has been there from day 1 off the lot (dealer made excuses too). Doors sagged quite early on, but work okay. Door remotes still work (!) although the buttons are about shot.



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What's New for 1997

More power, more torque and added standard features make the Avalon one of the most appealing full-size sedans

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
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  • 28
  • highway
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